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Perfect-It 1-Step Paint Finishing System abrasives, finishing material, and purple foam finishing pads

3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing System Standard Operating Procedure for Large Area Repair

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3M is excited to introduce our latest generation of premium paint finishing products. Follow this easy process to achieve a defect-free finish.

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Step by Step

  • Remove defects with 3M™ Purple Finishing Film Hookit™ Disc, PN30667, P1500 or PN30666 P2000 6

    Defect Removal

    When sanding is required to remove texture and paint defects like scratches, runs, and dents throughout an entire panel, using a 6-inch dual action sander is the most productive method.

  • Hookit disc being attached to sander

    Attach a 3M™ Purple Finishing Film, grade P1500 or P2000 disc to the sander. A soft interface pad is recommended but not required.

  • Sander being used on large surface of a car

    Sand the panel until the defects are removed and the texture is leveled to match adjacent panels.

  • Cleaning the panel after sanding

    When the desired results are achieved, clean the sanding dust off the panel before moving to the next step.

  • Refine sand scratches using 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Disc PN02085, 6

    Scratch Refinement

    In this step you’re refining the sand scratches created by the P1500 or P2000 abrasives in the denibbing and texture matching step.

  • Hookit Foam Abrasive Disc being attached to dual action sander

    Using a 3000-grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc on a dual action sander with an interface pad, spray the disc and the surface to be sanded with water using a spray bottle.

  • Water being sprayed on the disc and area before sanding

    When using 3000-grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc, it is recommended to be used damp not wet.

  • Sander being used on large surface of a car

    Sand with medium pressure using 5-6 overlapping passes until a light slurry covers the repair area. Cross-sanding with the dual action sander creates a uniform finish.

  • Cleaning the panel after sanding

    Clean the surface with a microfiber towel and inspect the surface to ensure the scratch refinement is complete. Once this initial scratch refinement is complete, you are now ready to move on to further refining the sand scratches in the next step.

  • Refine micro scratches using 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Disc PN30606, 6

    Micro Scratch Refinement

    To obtain the ultimate finish and eliminate the compounding step, use an 8000-grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc.

  • Hookit Foam Abrasive Disc being attached to dual action sander

    With this step you’re refining the sand scratches to the point where you actually begin to “polish” the paint, eliminating the need for compounding, which means no more compound swirl marks.

  • Water being sprayed on the disc and area before sanding

    Using a 8000-grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc on a dual action sander with an interface pad, spray the disc and the surface to be sanded with water using a spray bottle. It is recommended to be used damp not wet.

  • Sander being used on large surface of a car

    Sand with medium pressure using 5-6 overlapping passes until a light slurry covers the repair area. Cross-sanding with the dual action sander creates a uniform finish.

  • Cleaning the panel after sanding

    Clean the surface with a microfiber towel and inspect the surface to ensure the scratch refinement is complete. Once this initial scratch refinement is complete, you are now ready to move on to the polishing step.

  • Polish using 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material PN 33039 32 oz and Foam Finishing Pad PN33036 6

    Polishing

    The most unique aspect of the 8000-grade 3M™ Trizact™ Hookit™ Foam Abrasive Disc is that it eliminates the need to use rubbing compound. Your only polishing step is with 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material and the 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Foam Finishing Pad.

  • Foam finishing pad being attached to polisher

    Attach a purple 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Foam Finishing Pad to the buffer and set the polisher between 1200 and 2000 rpm.

  • Finishing material applied to the area

    Apply 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material to the repair area.

  • Polisher being used on the area

    Polish with medium pressure until desired result is achieved.

  • Cleaning the polished panel

    Remove any residual polish off the panel using a clean microfiber cloth and inspect to ensure the finish is perfect. Reapply polish and continue buffing as needed.


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    3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Paint Finishing System

    Get a deeper, glossier finish without the mess, the stress or the rework of compounding. Our new system features 3M™ Trizact™ abrasive discs and sheets in an extremely fine 8000 grade – the first of its kind in paint finishing. Trizact™ 8000 removes very fine defects in painted surfaces, taking the place of compounding. Follow with our specially formulated 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Finishing Material and purple 3M™ Perfect-It™ 1-Step Foam Finishing Pad, which deliver the cut of compounding with the fine finish of polishing.

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